Free coats and a barbecue for the homeless at Goodna

DOZENS of free coats for the poor and homeless were handed out at Goodna at the weekly free barbecue organised by Footprints in the Park.

The coats are distributed across south-east Queensland each winter by the Order of Malta.

Brisbane judge Michael Rackemann was on hand from the Order of Malta to give out the coats.

He was welcomed by Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and local councillors Paul Tully and David Morrison.

Cr Tully said the initiative would help many needy people in the Goodna area.

"This initiative by the Order of Malta is genuine, grassroots humanitarian assistance to those in need."

He told the crowd that Judge Rackemann was the first judge to visit Goodna since Queensland became a separate colony from New South Wales in 1859.

Footprints in the Park organises a free barbecue every Friday evening for those in need at The Diggers' Rest at Queen St, Goodna.

Cr Tully said the group headed by Goodna resident Ian Patterson and assisted by dozens of local volunteers was performing a much-needed service in Ipswich's eastern suburbs.

"These volunteers serve our community with dedication and humility to help every week with the free meals they offer."

Mayor Paul Pisasale posted the event on his Facebook page on Friday evening, paying tribute to the Order of Malta and all those involved.

"Special thanks to everyone for supporting the Coats for the Homeless launch at Goodna with Cr Paul Tully and Cr David Morrison," he wrote.



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